The Department of Conservation reviewed the Managed Waterfowl Hunt Program to determine if any changes were needed. This program strives to provide quality hunting experiences and equal opportunities in a manner that encourages participation of new and more seasoned hunters.
For this evaluation, we used data sources that included daily green cards, statistics from the daily drawings, and hunter opinion survey results.
We presented some results from our data analysis through live webcasts on Sept. 6 and 12.
Managers from our 15 managed wetland areas across the state will develop recommendations for potential changes to the morning draw and reservation systems. These recommendations will be posted in the draw rooms and online during this duck season so hunters have additional opportunities to discuss them with MDC staff. We will make final decisions in early 2019 and any adjustments could be made as early as the 2019 duck season.
Generally satisfied with the quality of hunting provided on MDC areas
More dissatisfied with the reservation and morning drawing systems
Offering two reservation options at all areas will accommodate the most hunters
For reservations, most hunters would like to know their number ahead of time, rather than drawing it the morning of the hunt
One Member Draw at all areas will accommodate the preferences of the most hunters
All 15 managed hunter areas offer